Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is one of the largest markets in the United States. Outside of New York City, Philly, as it is commonly known, is the second-largest city in the Northeast.
It is the sixth-largest city in the country. Philadelphia was founded in 1682 by William Penn.
One of the nicknames for the city is “City of Brotherly Love.” It is also known for its American history, as it was the meting place for the Founding Fathers that ultimately transpired into the American Revolution and the nation’s Independence.
The Liberty Bell is held in Philadelphia. In 1787, the U.S. Constitution was ratified in the city.
There are 67 National Landmarks in Philadelphia. Six professional sports teams call the city home. There are 18 colleges and universities that call city home.
Here are the six professional sports teams:
Major League Baseball Team – Philadelphia Phillies
National Football League Team – Philadelphia Eagles
National Basketball Association Team – Philadelphia 76ers
National Hockey League Team – Philadelphia Flyers
Major League Soccer Team – Philadelphia Union
National Lacrosse League Team – Philadelphia Wings
Five of the teams play in the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia. Only the Union do not play in the area, as they play in a soccer stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania.
The Phillies play at Citizens Bank Park. The Eagles play at Lincoln Financial Field. The 76ers, Flyers, and the Wings call the Wells Fargo Center home.
The city also hosted two other prominent teams before they relocated out of the city. The Philadelphia Athletics are now the Oakland Athletics.
The Philadelphia Warriors are now the Golden State Warriors. Both the Athletics and the Warriors call the San Francisco, California-area home.
In 1980, Philadelphia became the only city to have four major sports teams play for a championship.
Championships in the City
- Eagles – 1948 (NFL Championship), 1949 (NFL Championship), 1960 (NFL Championship), 2017 (Super Bowl)
- Phillies — 1980, 2008
- Athletics — 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930
- 76ers — 1967, 1983
- Warriors — 1947, 1956
- Flyers — 1974, 1975
American League MVP
Eddie Collins, 1914
Mickey Cochrane, 1928
Lefty Grove, 1931
Jimmie Foxx, 1932; 1933
Bobby Shantz, 1952
National League MVP
Chuck Klein, 1932
Jim Konstanty, 1950
Mike Schmidt, 1980, 1981, 1986
Ryan Howard, 2006
Jimmy Rollins, 2007
Bryce Harper, 2021
Norm Van Brocklin, 1960
Wilt Chamberlain, 1960, 1966, 1967, 1968
Julius Erving, 1981
Moses Malone, 1983
Allen Iverson, 2001